Dear Reader

I never really understood the meaning of the phrase “book of your heart” until I wrote Leah McKenzie’s story.  When I typed “The End” to every novel, I used to feel it was my favorite.   But This Heart of Mine is different. It’s not only the book of my heart, it’s the book from my heart.

As the wife of someone on the transplant list, I held my husband’s hand as he accepted that his time, our time, would be too short.  He needed a kidney, but the dialysis that was saving his life, was killing his heart.  And breaking mine.

Then like Leah, he got a second chance.  His journey, his pain, my pain, his fear, my fear, and our enormous appreciation to the donor and his family for the gift of life, poured out of my soul and into my keyboard. This didn’t make writing it any less scary.  In some ways, it made it that much more.

When my ten-book Shadow Falls seriescame to a close,and the book idea was in its infancy, I was both apprehensive about writing such a personal story, and about making the switch from the paranormal genre to contemporary.  Then my grandmother’s words of wisdom whispered in my head, “If there’s not a bit of fear in your belly, you’re not living right.  Invite fear into your world, make friends with every challenge you meet.”

In that moment, I knew Leah’s story needed to be told and I had to be the one to tell it.

This book blends emotion with romance.  It’s seasoned with my humor, my love for a little mystery, and sprinkled with a pinch of the mystical. I hope you’ll join me on this new adventure and take the journey with Leah as she creates her own recipe for living and makes friends with every challenge she meets.

Here’s to always living with a little bit of fear in your belly.

This Heart of Mine

this heart of mineA new heart saved her life—but will it help her find out what really happened to its donor?

Seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie is heartless. An artificial heart in a backpack is keeping her alive. However, this route only offers her a few years. And with her rare blood type, a transplant isn’t likely. Living like you are dying isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But when a heart becomes available, she’s given a second chance at life. Except Leah discovers who the donor was—a boy from her school — and they’re saying he killed himself. Plagued with dreams since the transplant, she realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened.

This Heart of Mine is available for pre-order now at Amazon, Barnes & NobleBooks-A-Million, Powell’s, Indiebound and iBooks.  So, don’t miss out, order your copy today. 

The Junkyard Cowboy

I wanted to let you know that The Junkyard Cowboy, previously published in the anthology, When Things Got Hot in Texas, is now out on its own. The book will also be available in print from Amazon soon.  I love Jennifer and Clay, and this time I ventured into a little western theme.  You gotta love those cowboys.   It has lots of humor, some danger and loads of heart. If you didn’t pick up the anthology, you can now pick up a copy.

The Junkyard Cowboy

the junkyard cowboy high resJennifer Peterson has been unlucky in love, but now thanks to an Internet search she’s found a sure-fire formula for identifying the perfect man.  Focusing on career to physical traits, she’s on the hunt for not-so-well-endowed, short and hairy podiatrists or funeral directors, who’ve been dubbed less likely to cheat than their tall, good-looking counterparts.  Yup, she’s narrowing her playing field to the “safe” guys.

But nothing feels safe when a hit man runs Jennifer off the road and chases her into an old junkyard.  The sexy cowboy who runs the place may be the best man to keep her alive, but he’s also the type to most likely put her heart in jeopardy.   Should she trust her head and keep playing it safe, or throw all logic out the window for the one guy that may be worth the risk?

Order your copy and join Jennifer and Clay as they discover that you don’t always get what you want, but you often get what you really need. You can get The Junkyard Cowboy at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Book Nooks

Isn’t reading the best past time? You can literally do it almost anywhere. And with today’s electronics, you can read a book on your phone, your e-reader or computer. Or you can carry a book with you. I have learned to read anywhere—and have: in car pool lines, at sports practice, on planes, even in hospitals. But when I really want to treat myself, I retreat to a nice, quiet corner with a great book.

When we moved into our current house, my hubby built some great book shelves in my study. While I’m sitting at my desk writing, I can look at all my favorite books and knick-knacks. It’s like visiting with old friends. Sometimes I sit in there and read, but if the weather is cooler, I have a beautiful wicker porch swing that’s very inviting. Oh, I also 55INDCRDKANBRKT-db58b91a-b736-4dff-9ca4-c038e86fa6c9found the perfect desk at Arhaus, and I’m seriously considering getting because it is adjustable. Being short, an adjustable desk could make all the difference. But I would like to create my ideal book nook one day. A place to get away from it all where I can read undisturbed. It would have to have a comfy chair or sofa with soft down throw pillows. And anyone that knows me, knows it would be best if my nook had a window that looks out on the ocean. So, I looked around online for a few pictures of book nooks I would like. Now, maybe I’d take something from each and merge them together, but I think you’ll get the idea.

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BookBathWhile poking around on the Internet, I came across this photo of a bathroom/book nook. While I know what they were going for, I just have to ask does anyone ever get into use the bathroom? If I my hubby went in there, he may never come out!

What would your prefect book nook look like? Would you have wall to wall shelves? A large window? A window seat or a big comfy chair?

New Look, New Books!

Guess who got a face lift? C.C. Hunter! Well, not me exactly, but my C.C. Hunter website did. I’m so excited about the updated look, the clean lines and the new vibe. Be sure to explore my home page and sign up for my newsletter if you haven’t already: http://www.cchunterbooks.com/news.html. And make sure you check my C.C. Hunter blog every week because I’ve got brand new videos, giveaways, and news about upcoming releases.

Happy 4th of July!

4th0Happy 4th of July! I hope you’ll be spending the day with family, maybe enjoying a fireworks display this evening. Hamburgers, hot dogs and fireworks are all very nice, but let’s not forget what we are celebrating. It was 241 years ago today that the United States was born by the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, declaring the Thirteen Colonies were a new nation and no longer a part of the British Empire. And didn’t that set off a firestorm! War was declared, and the United States fought long and hard for its independence.

So on this important day in our nation’s history, I hope you enjoy your time with family and friends.

What are your plans for this holiday?